"Ok" fan, I met my current friend circle through Pokémon but we don't really keep up with it anymore, we did play s/v but didn't go for the dlc yet.
I met a strange specimen irl once. This guy in my uni class overheard me express knowledge of Pokémon to another guy and just barged in on the conversation. He pulled up a list of all the new s/v Pokémon on his phone and rattled off what he thought about each one completely unprompted, most of the opinions being "it's bad it looks weird I mean idk what they were thinking." While he was pulling it up I saw that he had a whole bunch of notes he wrote about fakemon he made up and fanfiction and other stuff that indicates that he thinks a lot about Pokemon. I asked him if he played the new games and he said he doesn't play Pokemon games, lmao.
What's the deal this these types? This isn't the first time I've met an autist who was heavily invested in a game he'd never played either, in the same room I talked to a guy who was obsessed with Halo but admitted to literally never touching a game when I started talking about playing.